The Texas Longhorns score touchdowns instead of attempting field goals to defeat Texas Tech on the road
By Tommy Smith
LUBBOCK, TX. – The Texas Longhorns beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 31-22 in front of a record crowd of 60,879 at Jones AT&T Stadium. Saturday’s game marked the 62nd time the Longhorns and Red Raiders have met. Texas now enjoys a 45-17 lead in the all-time series that began in 1928. The Horns moved their record to 17-10 against Texas Tech in Lubbock. Longhorns Head Coach Mack Brown improved to 12-3 all-time against the Red Raiders. All three of his losses have come in Lubbock.
The game began as a typical Big 12 battle in the first quarter as both teams scored touchdowns on nine play drives that totaled over 70 yards. Texas took the lead for good with 3:27 left in the first quarter on a five-play, 75-yard drive. Texas running back Joe Bergeron scored his 16th rushing touchdown of the season. Bergeron has now scored 21 touchdowns in his last 13 games.
Scoring touchdowns made the difference for the Longhorns on both the stat sheet and the scoreboard. Both teams gained over 400 yards of total offense. Texas Tech called upon quarterback Seth Doege, who threw the football 44 times resulting in 329 yards of offense. The statistic that hurt Doege and the Red Raiders is that they only scored two touchdowns.
The Longhorn defense forced the Red Raiders to attempt four field goals on five trips inside the red-zone. Texas Tech place kicker Ryan Bustin converted three field goal attempts on the afternoon. Texas, on the other hand, scored three touchdowns on their four opportunities inside the Texas Tech 20-yard line.
With 1:35 remaining in the third quarter, Texas Tech had an opportunity to tie the game at 24 as a result of their only touchdown during a red-zone possession. Doege’s 10-yard pass to wide receiver Eric Stephens pulled the Red Raiders to within a two-point conversion of the Longhorns. The try for two failed, however, leaving Tech trailing 24-22.
Texas Tech’s next offensive possession resulted in a three-and-out. The Red Raiders compounded the inefficiency of that drive with a 15-yard personal foul on the punt that gave Texas the ball on their 41-yard line. Eight plays later quarterback David Ash hit wide receiver Mike Williams for a 25-yard touchdown pass, extending the Horns’ lead to nine.
The Red Raiders would have an opportunity to cut into the Horns’ lead on their following drive. A defensive pass interference call against the Longhorns gave Texas Tech a first and goal at the Texas two-yard line. On second down the Red Raiders were called for offensive holding which moved the ball back to the 12 yard line. After Doege’s pass on third and goal from the Texas six fell incomplete, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville sent Bustin out to attempt his fourth field goal of the game. With 5:15 remaining on the game clock, Bustin’s attempt was blocked by Longhorn defensive back and special teams player Carrington Byndom.
The Longhorns were able to run nine plays while they chewed up the remainder of the fourth quarter, sealing their second victory over a ranked team this season. “It’s hard to win in Lubbock,” Mack Brown said after the game. “I thought it was the best team win that we’ve had all year.”
“A lot of disappointment, obviously.” coach Tuberville said. “We just shot ourselves in the foot. Made too many mistakes against a good football team. The last two weeks we’ve done that, so hopefully we can correct that.
Texas will host Iowa State next Saturday while Texas Tech welcomes Kansas to Jones AT&T Stadium. Both games are set for 11 a.m .start times.
- Texas has now won four straight over the Red Raiders
- Today’s game marked the fifth straight week that Texas Tech has face a ranked opponent. That is a new school record.
- Texas Tech wore special Lone Star Pride uniforms designed by Under Armour.
- Mack Brown moved into a tie with Bo Schembechler on the all time FBS wins list with 234 career victories.
- Texas Tech junior Eric Stephens caught his first touchdown pass of the season. It was the 23rd touchdown of his career which leads all active players.
- Texas Tech extended a school record consecutive games scoring streak to 190 games dating back to October 25, 1997.